Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.9/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: 330ml brown bottle with really nice cap and label. Wish there was a best-by date. Glad to have this in the smaller (non-green) bottle.
Appearance: Bright, rich golden beer with an ivory cap with pretty good retention.
Smell: Vibrant and interesting. Various light/golden fruits, perhaps a hint of cardamom, the faintest whisper of alcohol. Both estery and spicy, but spice leads the nose here. Unique.
Taste: Nice balance of fruit and spice. Cardamom and light fruits, with a medium bitterness on the back-end. Perhaps the tiniest hint of pilsner malt in the back, but this is largely about the fruity/spicy yeast flavors. Doesn't taste like 8.4%...nice, balanced, and drinkable.
Mouthfeel: Not quite the rich, creamy mouthfeel I expected from both oats and wheat, but this is nice and rich nonetheless. Not over-carbonated as some are.
Overall: Very nice, unique tripel. The 750s (green bottles, ugh) go for between 11-13 around here. For that, it's not a bad deal, and provides a nice counterpoint to Chimay's version. I have yet to try the Westmalle and St. Bernardus. This is very good, balanced beer, with the yeast doing wonderful things but nto getting overly complicated or muddled. Still, for $15 a 4-pk, I don't think I can give this more than a solid B, even if it's edging higher.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2012 03:22:03 | More by BedetheVenerable
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